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GP Week : Issue 56
>>F1HUNGARY rand Prix, Budapest With the youngest driver in F1 history on their books for the Hungarian Grand Prix, Toro Rosso was the focus of much media scrutiny on Friday. Some sections of the media had vilified the team for their choice, and even some of the drivers had questioned their choice. But Jaime Alguersuari did a really rather competent job of his F1 debut. He may have qualified last, but you wouldn’t have This was supposed to be the race where Brawn came back into their own. The hot temperatures were supposed to have Red Bull scared. But Red Bull was one of the most consistent and quick teams of the opening day of practice. Webber, high off the back of his first race win, was in fine fettle as was Mr Vettel. The duo subsequently, albeit after a delay when an FOM cable went bang, The weekend got off to a pretty bad start when the team became embroiled in a dispute with a local clothes maker over the use of the ”Williams” name in Hungary. Yep, it was another silly F1 style squabble and wasn’t the team’s fault at all. Back to the track though, and things looked great. Both Rosberg and Nakajima were top five in practice and had no real issues. Qualifying, too, went well. At one point The Force India drivers adopted their usual position towards the lower extremities of the timing sheets, although 16th and 17th wasn’t a bad day at work for Fisi and Sutil. There were no major issues to deal with, just a general lack of pace. Sutil qualified down in 18th after the team had done an awesome job to repair his broken car following a shunt in practice. Fisi was 17th after a lack of grip Brawn seems to be doing everything it can to undo all its hard work at the moment. Is it a lack of funds? A lack of development? One thing is certain, right now it’s a lack of results that is hurting the team. Tyre issues were supposed to be a thing of the past this weekend but they were as bad as ever. Neither Button nor Barrichello ever looked like they’d be competing for expected pole out of him or the car. He kept it on the black stuff all weekend and kept a level head. He’s a nice kid, too. Buemi took to the role of team-leader and had a ragged race. He ended up finishing behind his rookie team-mate. He’ll have to watch himself. With the way Toro Rosso go through drivers, a few more races like that and he’ll be out of a job too. joined Alonso in the qualifying top three to lock out the top spots for the French engine maker. Webber had another good day at the office in the race. He managed to stay ahead of Hamilton at the start but lost out in the end to a great move and a lousy pitstop. Vettel took damage in the contact with Raikkonen at the start and had to call it a day. Rosberg looked like he might have been on pole but fifth wasn’t a disaster. Ninth for Nakajima was bottom of the list in Q3 as Massa hadn’t taken part. In the race, Rosberg had another stormer and took his second fourth in a row. Nakajima was held up by Button and his race was compromised. He finished ninth. The team feels podiums will come soon. and was narrowly beaten to Q2. Sutil’s race was over very early as his car’s water temperature rose so much it looked like a kettle. He called it a day after a lap. Fisichella’s day was much better and he got as high as 14th. Quicker than the BMW of Kubica and the Brawn of Barrichello, he’d had a good afternoon. With a major upgrade package for Valencia, the team’s luck may be about to change. the win and true enough, they never did. Button was very lucky to get a few points in 7th having held up Nakajima, while Barrichello was easily outpaced by almost everyone. It’s tough times at Brawn as the incredible start to the season now seems a distant memory. The team has got to figure out what’s going wrong over the summer break or it will lose the championship it has worked so hard to lead.